PATNA: The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Sunday asked its students to appear for exams while wearing slippers or flip-flops and not shoes and socks. Defending the decision, the state education minister said that the decision has been taken to save time spent on checking to prevent cheating.
"It is time consuming to make students take off their socks and shoes to conduct a check. This is why such a decision was taken to ask students to wear flip flops. The system is already in practice and exams are being held in a fair manner," State Education Minister said.
The state board officials have also said that it is a usual practice which is held in others states also. "There is nothing new in this order to students appearing in Class 10 exams from February 21. It is a usual practice in other examinations held in the state. The board decided to adopt the practice from this year," BSEB Chairman Anand Kishore said.
Nearly 17.70 lakh students are appearing for the Class 10 exams this year. The exam will be held at 1,426 centres across the state from February 21 to 28.
Nearly 1,000 students were penalised for cheating during the Class 12 exams that concluded last Saturday. According to BSEB officials, the annual examinations this year were fair and mass cheating is a thing of the past in Bihar.
Last year, the Class 12 Arts stream topper was a 42-year-old man, who was later arrested for on the charge of faking his age to take the exams.